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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
875. Two of a Trade
 
By Samuel Willoughby Duffield
 
 
THE DRAGON-FLY and I together
Sail up the stream in the summer weather;
    He at the stern all green and gold,
    And I at the oars, our course to hold.
 
Above the floor of the level river        5
The bent blades dip and spring and quiver;
    And the dragon-fly is here and there,
    Along the water and in the air.
 
And thus we go as the sunshine mellows;
A pair of Nature’s merriest fellows;        10
    For the Spanish cedar is light and true,
    And instead of one, it has carried two.
 
And thus we sail without care or sorrow,
With trust for to-day and hope for to-morrow;
    He at the stern, all green and gold,        15
    And I at the oars, our course to hold.
 

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